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Director, Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
Requirements for the Major in African-American Studies
Twelve courses selected from courses specifically focused on African Americans and on peoples and cultures of Africa and the Caribbean. Seven required courses: American Studies 276, English 343 or its equivalent (e.g., English 426), History 247; at least one course focused specifically on Africa (e.g., Anthropology 237); at least one course focused specifically on the Caribbean or African-derived cultures in Latin America or the African diaspora (e.g., Anthropology 231); at least one course focused on music or other aspects of expressive culture (e.g., Music 232); and American Studies 282. Four electives from among the relevant courses in the social sciences, humanities, and relevant interdisciplinary studies programs (e.g., American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English/Creative Writing, African Studies, Latin American Studies); at least one of the courses should be taken at the 300 or 400 level. Courses not specifically listed may be counted toward the major with permission of the director if substantial relevance can be established during a particular semester or in an off-campus program. At least one seminar at the 400 level with a member of the African-American Studies Program faculty where a substantial final paper or equivalent project explores in depth and engages significant debates about an aspect or aspects of African-American life and culture in the United States or the African diaspora. Such courses could include, when the subject material is appropriate and with the permission of the program director, American Studies 493, English 413, 426, and 493, Music 493, and Sociology 493. Course substitutions and exchanges may be made in consultation with the advisor.
Requirements for the Minor in African-American Studies
Seven courses including African-American Studies 276; English 343; History 247; one course selected from Music 232, 238, or American Studies 275, 282; at least one course focused on Africa or the Caribbean; and two courses selected from American Studies 493, Anthropology 231, English 346, 413 (when appropriate), Philosophy 213, Religious Studies 256, or Sociology 252, 355, 357, 358, 359. Course substitu-tions and exchanges may be made in consultation with the advisor.
Interested students also may consider an independent major in Africana studies (a selection of courses combining study of the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa) or an independent major that combines African-American studies with another relevant discipline or program, especially American studies, anthropology, Latin American studies, African studies, or music. Majors and minors are instructed to inform faculty in various programs and departments that they are African-American studies majors or minors when seeking the permission of an instructor to register for courses restricted to majors in other disciplines or when asking that prerequisites be waived.
Courses that apply to the African-American studies major